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Success in School: Better Handwriting, Penmanship

Now his mom reports his spelling and penmanship have greatly improved. [More]

Her writing has improved so dramatically that it does not seem like the same child! ... the teacher is amazed that this is the same child she is seeing! [More]

Since Justina started Vision Therapy, her writing has improved a lot.[More]

Joshua wrote with a chicken scratch style, and he would not write more than a sentence at a time. Now Joshua is writing two-page essays in a timely fashion. [More]

His handwriting is now typical for his age. [More]

Vision Therapy helped me to write and even become a cursive helper in class. [More]

... writing ... improved ... faster, ... neater, ... stays better on the lines! [More]

She used to have difficulty with fine motor skills, but her handwriting is beautiful now. [More]

Ashley's handwriting ... is significantly improved. [More]

Within just three weeks, the first noticeable change was in his handwriting. [More]


Read full stories below.

When Jimmy first came in for a vision exam, he was in the fifth grade. During the summer, on the weekends, and during vacations he was easy-going and happy-go-lucky in disposition. Although Jimmy enjoyed school very much and really liked his teacher, he was having difficulties in math, English, spelling and writing. He was working extremely hard and getting pretty good grades, but he was still described as "not working up to his potential." He didn't really have many symptoms often seen in children with vision problems; no headaches, no blurred or double vision, no complaints of hurt or tired eyes, no eye rubbing or holding reading materials too close.

His mom noticed that he closed one eye when throwing or catching a ball. She also noted he often had illegible penmanship, difficulty comprehending and following through on directions, and trouble spelling. When he read, she observed that he often missed words, and did not copy correctly from his textbook to the page. He continued to struggle year after year, counting the days until weekends and summer vacations.

Homework changed him from a carefree fifth-grader to a frustrated boy who cried easily. His mom helped him for 2-3 hours every night, explaining the directions so he could do the assignments correctly. There had to be an easier solution.

One part of the special eye exam performed by Dr. X showed that Jimmy had 20/20 acuity without glasses. This merely meant that 20 feet from the eye chart he could read a particular sized letter. Often, the 20/20 test is the extent of vision testing done in schools and pediatricians' offices. The problems arose when his eyes had to do more complex tasks like reading; an activity that requires the eyes to turn in, focus closely, and jump across the page to read.

Jimmy started Vision Therapy in June, and finished just before Christmas vacation. He was very motivated to do therapy because he hoped it would make sixth grade easier for him. He even did his Vision Therapy homework on vacation. He met the goal of completing five days of home therapy every single week and never lost his pleasant attitude during therapy visits.

Now his mom reports his spelling and penmanship have greatly improved. Despite that he now does very little homework at home (he gets most of it done at school), his grades have improved. He even made the high honor roll. He has time to be a kid again during the week. He's happier and more self-confident. Mom is relieved and happier too. She doesn't miss those struggles to get homework done at all!

Before Vision Therapy, Alexandra was very clumsy, walking into walls, spilling drinks, etc. She was reading very well, but would get very fatigued and her writing was very immature and did not match her reading level.

After six months of Vision Therapy, Alexandra is not clumsy anymore. She no longer falls, trips and spills things like she used to do! Her writing has improved so dramatically that it does not seem like the same child! Alexandra was lucky enough to have the same teacher two years in a row, and the teacher is amazed that this is the same child she is seeing! Alexandra is now able to write her small letters neatly and uniformly (the same size).

Before Vision Therapy, her handwriting was all over the page with letters at different sizes and angles. She also used to get very fatigued after school. She would get off the bus looking like she was about to fall over. Now, after Vision Therapy, she has plenty of energy left at the end of the day! She is able to focus and concentrate for very long periods of time now. Her reading is way above grade level -- approximately 6th grade level and she is only in 2nd grade.

I would recommend Vision Therapy to others. Yes! Yes! Yes!
Lisa Papas (mother of Alexandra Papas)

Since Justina started Vision Therapy, her writing has improved a lot. Her problem with her self-esteem is completely gone. Her attitude about herself has changed; she's a happier child. Her homework is done quickly and efficiently. I'm very glad that I could share this with other parents, and I recommend this program to anyone who has a child in need of the extra help to go the extra mile to achieve their goals. A big thanks to Dr. X.
Lisette Cruz, Justina's parent

Joshua wrote with a chicken scratch style, and he would not write more than a sentence at a time. Now Joshua is writing two-page essays in a timely fashion.

Last year I felt bad because Joshua didn't like to go to school. He doesn't have any complaints this year, and he's having more happy days. Getting him up in the morning is not a chore like it was last year.

He's more organized with his homework and class assignments. He reads on his own much more now. There is an improved interest in the learning process. I feel my money has been well spent on Vision Therapy.
Barbara Henderickson, Joshua's parent

Before Vision Therapy, Parker struggled with reading. He had trouble with word recognition, skipping lines, not recognizing the same word a couple of lines later, choppy reading, and he hated to read. His handwriting was also hard to read. He had trouble with writing on lines, size, and spacing difficulties.

After six weeks of Vision Therapy, all of the above problems have improved. Parker's word recognition and fluency have improved tremendously. His handwriting is now typical for his age, and his teacher is very pleased with his improvement in reading. I am looking forward to the rest of Parker's Vision Therapy.
Brenda May, Parker's parent, 2/29/03

I see a lot of improvement in Sonia's handwriting. Her reading has also improved. She complains less about headaches.
Abby Awan, Sonia's Mother

  • Letter recognition from 50/50 to 100%

  • Improved handwriting

  • Started to read

Michael Federman

Drew had writing trouble as early as kindergarten. As school progressed he avoided writing, and when he wrote it was un-readable. He also had difficulty reading, and was placed in remedial class. He NEVER picked up a book and read it voluntarily. Reading was a frustrating chore to endure for us all. After Vision Therapy, Drew had become a voracious reader. Since this summer began, Drew has read 22 chapter books in a series, as well as others. We now have to force him to turn off the light at night because he wants to stay up and read! His writing has also improved -- it is faster, and a bit neater, and stays better on the lines!
Rebecca B., Drew's Parent

  • Improved handwriting

  • Improved confidence

  • Minimized problem with reversals

  • Increased concentration level

  • Improved reading comprehension

  • Capable of differentiating between right and left

Gregory Krol's Parents

Samantha's handwriting is a thousand percent better. She is now able to copy from the blackboard better. Her attention span, concentration, and self-esteem have soared.
Robyn A. Barbers, Samantha's Mother

Before Vision Therapy, I was having trouble reading and writing. I didn't like to ride my bike without my training wheels because I kept falling off. Vision Therapy helped me to write and even become a cursive helper in class. Reading is better too because I can stay in place. Best of all, I can finally ride my bike like the other kids. Thank you Dr. X.
Ben (age 7)

We immediately saw a difference in her handwriting. She used to have difficulty with fine motor skills, but her handwriting is beautiful now. She also has far less reversal of numbers and letters. I would and do recommend Vision Therapy to others.
Linda Dickinson (mother of Erin Dickinson)

We realized sometime ago that Ashley was having trouble reading well. This led to glasses, but after less than a year, she was complaining of seeing double.

We knew Ashley needed more than an "adult" eye doctor, and after reading about Dr. X [a developmental optometrist] decided to have Dr. X evaluate Ashley. We were pleased that Ashley stood a good chance of totally fixing her eye difficulty. She was excited about having a good chance of never having to wear glasses again, and this was a strong incentive for her to work hard when doing eye exercises.

The changes that have occurred because of this [Vision Therapy] program were:

  • Ashley says she doesn't see double now.
  • Ashley says some colors she now sees are true, not washed out.
  • Ashley's handwriting, though still poor is significantly improved.
  • Ashley is not suffering any bouts of eye strain


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